Two OCS planning areas withdrawn off Alaska

US President Barack Obama has withdrawn 40,300 sq miles of the Outer Continental Shelf off western Alaska from oil and gas leasing.

An executive order creating the “Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area” excludes the Norton Basin and St. Matthew-Hall planning areas from future OCS lease sales.

Both areas are adjacent to the state coast.

The action came the day after Alaska’s congressional delegation sent the president a letter requesting that he not further limit oil and gas leasing off their state (OGJ Online, Dec. 9, 2016).

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now


The Time is Right for Optimum Reliability: Capital-Intensive Industries and Asset Performance Management

Imagine a plant that is no longer at risk of a random shutdown. Imagine not worrying about losing...

Going Digital: The New Normal in Oil & Gas

In this whitepaper you will learn how Keystone Engineering, ONGC, and Saipem are using software t...

Maximizing Operational Excellence

In a recent survey conducted by PennEnergy Research, 70% of surveyed energy industry professional...

Leveraging the Power of Information in the Energy Industry

Information Governance is about more than compliance. It’s about using your information to drive ...